Envisage what could have gone wrong in the past
The next time you walk past a homeless woman, take the time to think about what could have gone wrong and how did they end up where they were. Rather than dismissing the homeless just because you think they’re failures or drug addicts which has become a misleading conception in this age. Let us reflect on some of the real stories behind each homeless person.
1. Not every homeless is a victim of poverty
It is often perceived that the main cause of homelessness is due to poverty. That isn’t always the case. Have you ever thought of it being a case of suffering from a loss, mental health problem or re-adjusting to civilian life after a traumatic period in their life?
2. They could have escaped from an illness
For those living it rough on the streets, they have probably escaped a catastrophe beyond our imagination. For instance in the case of Natasha Lyonne, who was an actress in ‘Slums of Beverly Hills’ and ‘American Pie’ before being arrested for a DUI and was charged with mischief, trespass and harassment of a neighbour. These incidents then led to the hospitalisation of having a collapsed lung and hepatitis C. She was evicted and was left to live on the streets. Lyonne tried to revitalise her acting career in later years.
3. They could have been homeless children
We tend to associate homelessness with adults but little do we know that 43% of the homeless comprise of people aged under 24. Youth Homeless Aus is an initiative that aims to raise the awareness on youth homelessness and aims to break the stereotype. It is often easy to miss the younger ones living it rough on the streets as they tend to be out camping in cars or parks.
4. They may very well be a domestic violence victim
Domestic violence has been an ongoing and biggest cause of women becoming homeless. One of the most heartbreaking things to think about is that women have resorted to homelessness as an alternative to escape physical and sexual abuse.
5. They might not be able to pay rent
It is often assumed that homeless people decide to abandon everything they have at home to live a carefree life. With the increasing dollars placed on property in Australia, some just cannot afford to fork out more than half their yearly salary to pay for rent. This stands as one of the greatest problems as to why so many people are living on the streets.